The 12 Days of Christmas celebration started Saturday with the 13th annual craft fair and continues through Dec. 12 with a sweet treat day that allows members to enjoy snacks and beverages while they use the YMCA facilities.
The 12 Days effort is coordinated by Member Services Director Fran Britsch, who said the celebration has been going on for more than 20 years.
Saturday’s craft fair saw more than 300 people and was followed by a See it, Try it day with a new Les Mills program called Cx Worx.
Other days also focus on fitness and member appreciation, but it’s the “helping others” aspect that is most rewarding to Britsch.
Monday kicked off the coat drive and Tuesday kicks off the food drive. All coats (and winter hats, scarves and gloves) and food is donated to Waynesboro Community and Human Services, which in turn gets the items to the people who need them.
“It’s rewarding getting to know the families and finding ways to help them,” she said Monday. “It’s rewarding to give to those less fortunate. No matter what we do, it’s still not enough, though.”
The rest of the 12 Days include:
- Monday: Coat drive kickoff
- Tuesday: Food drive kickoff
- Wednesday: Adopt a family
- Thursday: “Try It”
- Friday: Preschool caroling
- Saturday: Climbing Wall Day
- Sunday: Community Day
- Monday, Dec. 10: Pets In Need
- Tuesday, Dec. 11: Teen Challenge
- Wednesday, Dec. 12: Sweet Treat Day
For more information, call 717-762-6012.